Compliments of Miss Blu, our family at KOK Kamp on the first day.

On our last night at the KOK camp the young woman I had nicknamed Miss Blu shyly asked to speak with me. Miss Blu is a tall striking young woman with a giant head of hair braided with blue threads (hence...

May 28, 2019

The completely packed case

Packing a suitcase. One of my greatest pleasures. Just like going to the grocery store represents cooking and sharing with loved ones present and even in absentia, for me packing a case is the beginning of an adventure. This may have something...

March 1, 2019

Once again, my NT alma mater IINH, gave me the opportunity to lead an interactive session titled Food & Culture with fellow Nutritional Therapists (NTs), Nutrition & Health Coaches (NHCs), and current students of these disciplines. In this 75 minute program we exp...

December 1, 2018

Left Cernobbio in winter on the lake; middle Brunate in spring; right window art that called our souls in Como center.

Como is, geographically, my happy place. Thirty minutes by train from our home, I regularly go there for a breath of air. Italian air. Sometimes I only...

Esra, Bunny, & I wandering the streets of Paris come upon beautiful birds in a fountain square and took this photo for Christine our bird loving friend.

What do you consider a miracle? Escaping from a natural disaster with your life or can it be as simple as finding a p...

At table, 7 of the 8 women from 8 countries attending IWCL cooking class, 8th taking the photo

When I came to Lugano in 2007 it felt a bit like tumbling through space and landing on a different planet. Having lived and worked in four countries I was sure my relocation t...

Bearli fiercely proud of his Swiss Poppy holds his flag on August 1st bottom center; bottom right courtesy of Gerry Hofstetter; top and bottom left courtesy of google.

Swiss Independence Day, possibly the biggest national holiday in Switzerland. It unifies the country w...

July 4, 2018

Photo courtesy of google.

During this period I am traveling in India and will be back on line in August. This post is to wish all, freedom, love, joy, good food, and good friends to share it with. It is more than 20 years since I celebrated the 4th of July in the US and...

Sandro Botticelli's Three Graces in Primavera courtesy of  The History Collection / Alamy Stock Photo

GRACE

She said the maple tree

Reminded her

Of Maine

As we sat by the lake

In Como

There was fire

In her eyes

That flashed

As she spoke,

Her words

A prayer sung

Onc...

Bunny & Bearli catch some sun at the Alhambra.

In the 22 years I have lived outside of America my mom has come to visit me three times, all three of which while I was living in Switzerland, on this her third visit we made a purposeful trip to trace our Spanish roots. In...

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About Me

Your guide to living and eating consciously, practically, everyday.

 

Nicole is an Independent consultant and certified Nutritional Therapist working internationally as an intercultural trainer, blogger, & guide. Her professional interests include how our approach to food reflects a way of life and how food and culture relate physiologically and psychologically.

 

Her practice is based on the idea that a healthy state of mind is the road to a healthy state of being. She offers you the emotional and psychological nutrients to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, empowering you to effectively address your issues so that you may be effective in your professional life and balanced and happy in your personal life.

 

Living in other cultures has given Nicole a deep understanding of the role food plays in culture, lifestyle, and healing. She is committed to sharing her passion with her friends, teams, and clients.

 

“Becoming a Nutritional Therapist with IINH gave me the chance to combine my greatest passions, food, culture, travel, and the joy of sharing meaningful connections, internally and externally.”

 

Beyond her passion for food and nutrition, Nicole has a wide range of skills she uses to empower individuals and teams to discover and embody their own potential. As a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Vladivostok, Russia, Nicole spent two years working in the development of emerging markets. Following this she spent the next eight years living and working throughout the Russian Federation on various development projects. She has as well lived and worked in Switzerland, Turkey, Italy and the U.S. and is committed to sharing her deep cultural understanding with her students and clients.